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Admission Requirements

Following are the required coursework and application materials for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Oklahoma City University.

General Requirements

  1. Completion of an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree from a regionally-accredited college or university in the United States.
    • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
    • Minimum Science GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing)
      • Must be taken within the last 5 years at the time of application
      • If multiple GRE exams are taken, the best scores from each section will be considered
    • Recommendations: 1 each from the following:
      • Licensed Physical Therapist whom the applicant has observed working with patients in a PT setting AND who holds a current U.S. PT license
      • Science professor/instructor
      • Additional Professor, health professional, or recent/current employer or supervisor
  2. International students, or domestic students with credentials from institutions outside of the U.S.:
    • Evaluation of credentials by WES or ECE
    • English Language proficiency: TOEFL OR IELTS

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Completion of all 10 prerequisites is required by the time of program matriculation with a required GPA of 3.00. We recommend you complete at least 6 of the 10 prerequisites prior to submitting an application. (Transfer credits from other PT programs are not accepted)

  • Chemistry: 2 Chemistry Courses (for science majors) with labs
  • Physics: 2 Physics Courses (for science majors) with labs
  • Statistics OR Biostatistics: 1 course
  • Biological Courses: 3 Courses
    1. Human Anatomy (with lab)
    2. Human Physiology (with lab)
      • --OR--2 combined Anatomy & Physiology courses with labs
    3. Any additional Biology course with or without lab
  • Psychology: 1 Psychology course with an emphasis on individual behavior (i.e., General, Abnormal, or Developmental)
  • Behavioral Science: 1 course with an emphasis on group behavior (i.e., sociology, cultural anthropology)
  • Recommended: Applicants are encouraged to complete coursework, or have experience, in professional writing and oral communication. Examples include writing intensive courses, grant-writing, professional publication(s), public speaking, Toastmasters, etc.

Observation Hours

A minimum of 48 hours total, divided among 4 settings of at least 12 hours in each of the following settings (24 hours must be completed prior to application):

  1. In-Patient Settings: Minimum of 12 hours in a hospital, rehabilitation facility, or skilled nursing facility;
  2. Out-Patient Settings: Minimum of 12 hours in a setting such as orthopedics, sports medicine, hospital clinic, or PT clinic;
  3. Additional Setting: Minimum of 12 hours in an additional setting such as long-term care facility, school, home health, or specialty care PT clinic;
  4. Service/Community Project: Minimum of 12 hours as an active participant in a service or community based project. Examples include after-school programs, food banks, women's shelters, or engaging in community improvement projects.

For more information, contact the office of Graduate Admissions

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